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Posted September 22, 2015
whats pic 1 Caapi ? looks familiar.
in Chill Space
Ay ! people don't change, they just become a clearer version of who they really are
Good to hear EG, Looking forward to some funky trades and cactus banter my friend
Health is good EG ! Turned away from eating dead flesh and animal products and cut a lot of toxic shit out of my life - I'm feeling great man.
Studying hard and loving it !
How have you been ya crazy mad german cactus doctor ?
The break was educatonal that's for sure WT. Happy birthday to you brother !
Good to see so many of the old names still kicking around.
I am planning a bit of a returning Tipz giveaway this next few days and share some of the love.
Long live SAB
Posted September 22, 2015
Edited September 22, 2015 by tipz
Been a while hasn't it ?
I have been hiding away for quit some time now and am ready to come back and participate once again.
I have missed this place and my many friends here.
Much love to you all <3
( I am pretty sue my trades were all sorted - but if there was something you were expecting from me that was not sorted b4 I vanished then PM me and I shall compensate accordingly )
in Cacti & Succulents
Does anyone know if there's a non-monstrose bridgesii crest?
I sold this non monstrose Bridgessi crest to a West oz collector
Posted November 15, 2014
Ill send you some wrigglers mate.
You know the drill
Posted October 15, 2014
I sold one to an SAB member here (chilli ) a year or two ago. It was a non monstrose crested brdgesii. I don't have pics of it anymore and can not seem to find the thread I auctioned it off in either.
Yeah I'm with Lokstok too, sounds like he is on the money.
I have only ever encountered Red mites indoors - totally unfamiliar with broadmites.
Posted October 14, 2014
I would think it might be the treatment that is causing the damage ?
If the mites are gone stop applying the neem/soap. Just check the underside of the leaves and poke the little mites with a toothpick - if they don't scurry around then it is just carcasses.
There is a product called pyranica that I get from my local indoor gardening centre that is safe for use on food crops ( so they say anyway and the withholding period is very short too ) It is a kickass miticide that really knocks the mites for a six but does not harm the plant.
Alternatively with a plant so small, just manually rub the underside of the leaves on a regular basis, squashing any eggs or mature adults that might be present.
in Sustainable Technologies & Ethical Living
Posted October 3, 2014
I think this grounds up type of movement into growing large scale organic ( with incorporation of medicinal herbs and ethnobotanicals too ) is the best form of resistance. It is so easy to get these types of things going. So many sympathetic landowners willing to come on board. Seeds are free, sun is free, water is free ( for now at least) and volunteers once they see tangible results are always keen to get on board. Free organic food for the people like it should be. Which has flow on effects in so many ways.
The group I work with, Growfree ( on FB too ) have a volunteer base of around 120 which seems to be growing exponentially and a healing spa/resort named authenticity has given us free run of 70 acres to grow food, medicines and as a refuge for rescued farm animals. - The guy who founded it quit a phd in geothermal engineering to launch this vision. It's bloody awesome to be a part of. Unconditional Love moon shows above it is quite easy to do as well if you have time on your hands and this stuff interests.
Im currently studying herbology on the side of my bach science and plan on incorporating a medicinal garden into the gardens of Authenticity.
Posted October 2, 2014
I came across this advertisement on Gumtree today. A guy named unconditional love moon. Ill copy paste his intro below :
"Hello brothers and sisters of family earth,Do you desire to heal the planet?Do you desire a place to live but have little or no money?This project is done with 100% no money....none spent and none to be made.No need to invest (which i only add becauses so many of you have enquired about this)A month ago....out of sheer curiosity i ran a series of ads looking for unused or degraded farm land for regeneration into Organic Permaculture to feed th commnity for free.In the first 2 weeks since commencing the 'spaces of love' project has been generosly offered 12 properties across NSW and 1 in victoria, totalling around 3,000 acres....we have more now.....1 in burringba1 in the channon,1 near casino,2 near grafton1 near kempsey1 in newcastle1 in marulanabout 5-6 in the blue mountainsMany of these places desire to become conscious communities, where families (and individuals)can live/play/grow in harmony with nature, sustainably for freeand all of them rescue and rehablitate animals.P.s.We incorporate all of nature into the system, knowing that nature doesn't make mistakesand even 'introduced' species like foxes, have a role to play."
What do people think about this idea. I am part of a large project with about 120 members who have been donated up to 70 acres of land free by a generous and visionary local property owner an hour south of Adelaide where we are growing organic food crops to give out free to the community at large. I am seeing things like this advert and movements such as the one I am helping out ( named growfree ) popping up all the time. What do people think of the above advert and do you guys have anything like this going on in your part of Australia ?
Posted September 25, 2014
Edited September 25, 2014 by tipz
http://youtube.com/watch?v=rS_ai4F-xMM ( random rab - clarification of meaning - Nice ambient/psy/glitch--hop/downbeat with a little lyrical genius thrown in - cant copy paste the embed code for some reason )
in Seed & Plant Swaps
Posted September 24, 2014
I see what you did there Sabry. Won't be long cobber
in Bitches, gripes and degenerated threads
Posted September 24, 2014
Edited September 24, 2014 by tipz
Ok, to avoid septicaemia, I'd recommend a very strong pain killer and pair of pliers.
Rip off the nail with the pliers and use a sterile pair of tweezers to dig deep into the flesh and remove that fekker. Kind of sucks as your fingers (edit - toes ) are jampacked ( edit - not quite so jampacked ) with nerve fibres.
Orrrr.... you could just leave it and hope for the best. I am not sure which would be worse. ( DISCLAIMER - I have absolutely no medical knowledge to be giving such advice - but would love to see a photo collage of whatever ends up being your method of choice ;) )
in Fungus Identification
Posted September 3, 2014
How about my eternal gratitude and love ?? It was for a quiz I was challenged to to win a sweet as prize pack. It was before I realised it was a multiple choice question with only three possibilities that I could have just google image searched anyway.. lol.
Thanks Dionysus - much love
On offer for anyone that can help, a lucky dip of a few rare medicinal seeds - and my eternal gratitude
Really need to know what this fungus is... tried reverse google image search but only get foreign sites reply. Any help would make me love you for eternity ( i do anyway ;) )
Posted September 2, 2014
Neurons to nirvana !!! A must watch for everyone !
Brilliant stuff !
in Legal Matters
Posted September 2, 2014
Edited September 2, 2014 by tipz
The cure or eradication of a disease leads to the collapse of a multi-billion dollar market of pharmaceuticals.The natural purpose and driving force of the pharmaceutical industry is to increase sales of pharmaceutical drugs for ongoing diseases and to find new diseases to market existing drugs.By this very nature, the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in curing diseases. The eradication of any disease inevitably destroys a multi-billion dollar market of prescription drugs as a source of revenues. Therefore, pharmaceutical drugs are primarily developed to relieve symptoms, but not to cure.If eradication therapies for diseases are discovered and developed, the pharmaceutical industry has an inherent interest to suppress, discredit and obstruct these medical breakthroughs in order to make sure that diseases continue as the very basis for a lucrative prescription drug market.The economic interest of the pharmaceutical industry itself is the main reason why no medical breakthrough has been made for the control of the most common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, Diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis, and why these diseases continue like epidemics on a worldwide scale.For the same economic reasons, the pharmaceutical industry has now formed an international cartel by the code name "Codex Alimentarius" with the aim to outlaw any health information in connection with vitamins and to limit free access to natural therapies on a worldwide scale.At the same time, the pharmaceutical companies withhold public information about the effects and risks of prescription drugs and life-threatening side effects are omitted or openly denied.In order to assure the status quo of this deceptive scheme, a legion of pharmaceutical lobbyists is employed to influence legislation, control regulatory agencies (e. g. FDA), and manipulate medical research and education. Expensive advertising campaigns and PR agencies are used to deceive the public.Millions of people and patients around the world are defrauded twice: A major portion of their income is used up to finance the exploding profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In return, they are offered a medicine that does not even cure.
The way it is looking any medicinal herb such as st.john's wort or chamomile or the stinging nettle will soon be illegal. Let alone plants like LW in the hands of collectors
in News & Notices
Posted August 26, 2014
Ill be in the area post Earthcore.
WIll give this some thought and discuss with fellow travellers accompanying me on the trip.
I'd be calling it a definite possibility at this stage
Posted August 21, 2014
As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters.
Hemp is the most universally useful plant we have at our disposal. The history of mankind’s use of hemp can be traced way back in time to between about 5000 – 7000 BC.
Industrial hemp and hemp seed could transform the economy of the world States in a positive and beneficial way, and therefore should be exploited to its full potential, especially relating to energy storage.
David Mitlin, Ph.D., explains that supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can’t store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density. One approach researchers are taking to boost supercapacitors’ energy density is to design better electrodes. Mitlin’s team has figured out how to make them from certain hemp fibers — and they can hold as much energy as the current top contender: graphene.
“Our device’s electrochemical performance is on par with or better than graphene-based devices,” Mitlin says. “The key advantage is that our electrodes are made from biowaste using a simple process, and therefore, are much cheaper than graphene.”
The race toward the ideal supercapacitor has largely focused on graphene — a strong, light material made of atom-thick layers of carbon, which when stacked, can be made into electrodes. Scientists are investigating how they can take advantage of graphene’s unique properties to build better solar cells, water filtration systems, touch-screen technology, as well as batteries and supercapacitors. The problem is it’s expensive.
Mitlin’s group decided to see if they could make graphene-like carbons from hemp bast fibers. The fibers come from the inner bark of the plant and often are discarded from Canada’s fast-growing industries that use hemp for clothing, construction materials and other products. The U.S. could soon become another supplier of bast. It now allows limited cultivation of hemp, which unlike its close cousin, does not induce highs.
Since the 1950s, the United States has been lumped hemp into the same category of marijuana, and thus the extremely versatile crop was doomed in the United States. Hemp is technically from the same species of plant that psychoactive marijuana comes from. However, it is from a different variety, or subspecies that contains many important differences.
Industrial hemp has very low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels, which is the principal psychoactive constituent. Compared to marijuana which is specifically cultivated for personal psychoactive use, it is nearly impossible to “get high” on hemp. Marijuana that can be smoked usually contains between 5-10% THC, industrial hemp contains about one-tenth of that. In order to get a psychoactive effect, one would need to smoke more than a dozen hemp cigarettes over a very short period of time to achieve any kind of psychoactive effect.
The reason for the low THC content in hemp is that most THC is formed in resin glands on the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is not cultivated to produce buds, and therefore lacks the primary component that forms the marijuana high. Furthermore, industrial hemp has higher concentrations of a chemical called Cannabidiol (CBD) that has a negative effect on THC and lessens its psychoactive effects when smoked in conjunction.
Scientists had long suspected there was more value to the hemp bast — it was just a matter of finding the right way to process the material.
“We’ve pretty much figured out the secret sauce of it,” says Mitlin, who’s now with Clarkson University in New York. “The trick is to really understand the structure of a starter material and to tune how it’s processed to give you what would rightfully be called amazing properties.”
His team found that if they heated the fibers for 24 hours at a little over 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and then blasted the resulting material with more intense heat, it would exfoliate into carbon nanosheets.
Mitlin’s team built their supercapacitors using the hemp-derived carbons as electrodes and an ionic liquid as the electrolyte. Fully assembled, the devices performed far better than commercial supercapacitors in both energy density and the range of temperatures over which they can work. The hemp-based devices yielded energy densities as high as 12 Watt-hours per kilogram, two to three times higher than commercial counterparts. They also operate over an impressive temperature range, from freezing to more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
“We’re past the proof-of-principle stage for the fully functional supercapacitor,” he says. “Now we’re gearing up for small-scale manufacturing.”
Governments have cooperated with powerful corporate lobbyists the ensure that hemp is lumped into the same category as marijuana. The primary reason is that hemp has too many abundant resources for fuel, housing, food, medicine that corporations cannot exploit. Think about how many polluting conglomerates would go down if hemp was permitted as a resource. The oil, pharmaceutical, supplement and constructions industry would need to radically shift their business model to survive.
Mitlin, who conducted the research while at the University of Alberta, acknowledges funding from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures,National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada) and Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.
Environmental Benefits of Hemp
* Hemp results in a 95.5% fuel-to-feed ratio when used for pyrolysis the thermochemical process that converts organic matter into fuel.* Biomass has heating value of up to 8,000 BTU/lb., with virtually no residual sulphur or ash during combustion.* Hemp is the #1 producer of biomass per acre in the world. Biomass energy expert Lynn Osburn estimates that 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 million acres of hemp would replace all of Canada’s fossil fuel demands.* From 75Â°/O to 90% of all paper was made with hemp fiber until the late 1800′s.* An acre of hemp will produce as much pulp for paper as 4,1 acres of trees over a 20 year period.* The hemp paper-making process requires no dioxin-producing chlorine bleach and uses 75% to 85% less sulphur-based acid.* Hemp paper is suitable for recycle use 7 to 8 times, compared with 3 times for wood pulp paper.* Hemp produces the strongest, most durable natural soft-fiber on earth. Until the 1 820′s, up to 80% of all textiles and fabrics for clothes, canvas, linens and cordage were made principally from hemp.* Hemp cloth is stronger, more durable, warmer and more absorbent than cotton. Best of all. ‘ grown in Canada, cotton cannot.* An acre of land will produce 2 to 3 times as much fiber as cotton, about 1,000 Ibs. of fiber per acre.* Hemp grown in most parts of Canada will require no herbicide, fungicide or insecticide applications. Up to Â½ of all agricultural pesticides used in North America are applied to the cotton crop.* Natural, organic hemp fiber breathes and is recyclable, unlike petroleum-based synthetic fibers.* A fully mature hemp plant may contain 1/2 of its dry-weight in seed.* Once hemp seed oil has been extracted, the remaining seed cake is second only to soya bean for protein content and is an excellent source of nutrition for either farm animals or humans.Agricultural Benefits of Hemp
* England, France and Spain have all legalized low THC varieties of hemp for an agricultural crop. England planted 1,500 acres of hemp as a first year crop. Reports from England state that farmers are receiving in excess of 3,000$ per acre for their hemp crop.* Low THC hemp is not suitable as a psychoactive drug.* A Canadian report from the late 1800′s demonstrated that hemp works very well in rotation with bean and corn crops.* In 1991 Ontario farmers receiver 290$ and 240$ per acre for grain corn and soya bean respectively.* Hemp was grown successfully in Canada for over 100 years. For a period in the late 1800′s Canada produced ‘hi: of all England’s hemp requirements. At kite time, England was the largest hemp consumer in the world.* In the 1930′s, a South Western Ontario newspaper reported that Canadian grown hemp was among the best in the world and far superior to tropical hemp.* In Canada hemp can be grown successfully from our southern borders to approximately 60O North Latitude, the parallel that divides the North West Territories from the provinces. This remarkable range is possible due to hemp’s short growing season, usually 90 to 110 days.* The hemp plant will reach a height of up to 5m (16ft.) and sink a main tap root down 1 ft. This tap root will draw nutrients from deep in the soil and make them available to subsequent crops when the hemp leaves are shed on the soil. This extensive root system also helps to alleviate the problem of soil compaction.* Hemp is very easy on the soil and returns up to 60% of the nutrients it takes from the soil, when dried in the field.* A report from Kentucky states that hemp was grown on the same land for 14 consecutive years without soil depletion or reduction in yield.* Hemp is very economical crop to grow since it requires virtually no pesticide applications.* Hemp is also relatively drought-resistant and has been relied upon several times during drought-induced famine for its high protein seed.* Hemp is very resistant to increased UV radiation and should not suffer decreased yields, unlike soya bean and corn.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.
Posted August 6, 2014
been loving this guys stuff . Maybe you will too ?
Posted August 3, 2014
Haha, I don't think he will send as he has tried to send to Aus before and he's upset that customs destroyed some rare cactus and seeds. I went to his nursery and got the cut straight from him. His name is Cok Grootscholten.... which reminds me, i need to put up pictures of my venture there...
Got any pictures of how exactly you were carrying that beast in Sabry ???
I have a long form TBM I may be interested to trade with.... maybe. European clone. Only a chode at around 6 inches - but with some loving Im sure it will grow thick and strong ;) Originated from germany.
I'm pretty attached to it though - and not after coin... can get pics if anyone is interested.
I love buttons and feelgood stuff :D